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Tanksley enters Rusk with national points lead Locked in battle with Watson for Div. 4; Watson loses motor on dyno RUSK, Texas - As summer quickly approaches, the action is heating up in NHRA Division 4 Competition Eliminator as the series heads...

Tanksley enters Rusk with national points lead
Locked in battle with Watson for Div. 4; Watson loses motor on dyno

RUSK, Texas - As summer quickly approaches, the action is heating up in NHRA Division 4 Competition Eliminator as the series heads into Cherokee County Motorsports Park in Rusk, Texas for this weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event there. Division 4 competitor Joey Tanksley enters the event with the national points lead, but trails Charlie Watson, Jr., in Division 4 standings. Watson will be unable to attend as he spun an engine bearing during dyno testing on Wednesday.

Watson, of Humble, Texas, enters the event with a slim 31 point lead over Tanksley, from Greenwell Springs, La. However, Watson has been to five events to Tanksley's four. Racers in Comp Eliminator can claim their best five out of the first eight races they attend towards the division title. Charlie's uncle, Ernest Watson trails Tanksley in third by a mere two points, but has been to five races as well.

"We were getting the motor back together and went to make a dyno pull and spun a bearing," said Watson. "We tried to fix it and it tried to do the same thing again. It's a tough break and we won't be able to make it this weekend."

Chase Williams and Scott Benham round out the top five. Benham could be the spoiler in this points race as he has only been to two races with a win and a runner-up. Williams is always a threat in his potent Super Mod combination

"We're going to test a single four barrel combination on Thursday to try to run G/Super Mod Automatic," said Benham. "Brian Self drove the car the past two races, and we felt the car was down on power after we put two four barrels on it. What we found was the wrist pins were galling up, which was causing the power loss. It took a lot of work, but we got everything back together and will make some test laps on Thursday to figure out which direction we will head."

Comp Eliminator racers at Division 4 Events also compete for the Division 4 Comp Eliminator Shootout Bonus Fund. The fund is supported by Roof-Tec, NAPA Auto Parts, Sourthern Sand Blasting, Kent Services, Johnson Truck & Trailer, Carbery Fabrication, Ballistic Race Craft, Elite Motorsports and Medders Construction. The fund contributes an additional $8,000 to the payout per event.

Another bonus the Division 4 Comp Eliminator Shootout offers racers is the Roof-Tec Luck of the Draw Bonus. At each event, before the first qualifying session, a number is drawn out of a hat from one to 32. If that qualifier wins the event, he or she will get the bonus fund amount. If there is no winner, the money rolls over to the next race. At Rusk, the Roof-Tec Luck of the Draw Bonus amount will be $6,000.

Qualifying begins on Friday with two sessions and will continue on Saturday with two more sessions. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.

-credit: compracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Brian Self
Teams Williams